— Aug. 18, 2013 —
Florence Elizabeth Goldey passed away Aug. 18 in Carlsbad, Calif. She was 80 years old. Florence was born in Jersey City, N.J. to Hugh and Ann (McParland) Black. Florence graduated from the University of Colorado in 1950 with a B.S. in physiology of exercise and summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 1969 with a M.S. in physical education. She moved to Lake Havasu City with her family in 1969.
Florence was a natural teacher and coach and began her teaching career in Mesa. She taught physical education at Lake Havasu High School from 1969 until her retirement in 1992. Florence coached volleyball at LHHS and compiled a 129-8 record during her 10 years as coach and was named Arizona Volleyball Coach of the year in 1981. She was the first Arizonan to be nominated for National Volleyball Coach of the Year. She had a positive impact on enumerable students and is remembered by family and friends for her humor, athleticism, and boundless energy.
Florence was the beloved wife of George A. Goldey, her husband of 56 years. Together they had two children, Mary Jo and Brian. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Jo. Florence is survived by her devoted husband, George; her son, Brian Goldey (Elizabeth); son-in-law, Brent Morris; and five grandchildren, Tricia Morris Mitchell (Josh), Jamie Morris, Alyssa Morris, Joseph Goldey and George Goldey.
A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a recitation of the rosary at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in the name of Florence Goldey to Sacred Heart School (where she attended from 1938-1946), 183 Bayview Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305 (www.sacredheartjc.org).